MOVIE NIGHT – Bridgeport Box office presents the movie “Facing the Giants” Saturday, Sept. 15, at Harwood Park. The family-friendly film is rated PG. Movie starts at dusk. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Call Bridgeport Parks and Recreation at (940) 683-3480 for more information.
OFFICE CLOSED FOR WEEK – The Veterans Service Office will be closed Monday through Friday, Sept. 17-21, for fall training. The office will reopen 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24.
EAT TO GIVE BACK – IHOP is giving 20 percent of all sales, 5 to 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, to Wise County Special Needs Baseball.
DEMOCRATS TO MEET – The Wise County Democrats meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in the second floor courtroom of the courthouse in Decatur. Speaker is Gwen York with the Transport Workers Union and Dave Robinson, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, District 12.
FOSSIL, ROCK, MINERAL - The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the United Methodist Church Wesley Center. The program will be given by author Alan Farish on sharks of North Texas and how to identify the shark’s teeth. Copies of his field book will be for sale. For information, call (940) 627-2329.
CONVENTION – The Wise County Farm Bureau will host its annual members meeting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18. The dinner will be held at the Church of Christ in Decatur, and Dale Bullock, associate director of field operations for Texas Farm Bureau, will be speaking. Members of Wise County Farm Bureau can RSVP to the Decatur office at (940) 627-6474 or to the Bridgeport office at (940) 683-8100. Space is limited.
BLOOD DRIVE – Carter BloodCare will be at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. Call Annette Raley to pre-register at (940) 626-0167.
CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Bridgeport Community Center. Mike McCoy with Weatherford College will speak on the “State of the Economy.” Cost is $10. RSVP by Wednesday, Sept. 19 by calling (940) 683-2076 or email email@example.com.
PEST TEST – A Pesticide Applicator License Class and Test is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. The Texas License is for purchase of restricted use or state-limited-use pesticide or a regulated herbicide. This class is for those individuals who do not currently have a pesticide applicator license, but would like to get one. You must pre-register and pick up your study manuals. Seating is limited. Call Texas A&M AgriLife Extension for more information at (940) 627-3341.
RED CROSS MEETING - Wise County Red Cross meets 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at 1101 W. Rose Ave., in Decatur. Everyone wishing to volunteer is welcome.
PIONEER DAYS – Parade entrees and applicants for the Ugly Man Contest and the Little Miss Pioneer Pageant are needed for Rhome Pioneer Days, which is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21 and 22. Other events include a barbecue cookoff, antique car and tractor show, live music , old-time blacksmith show, craft and food vendors, old west shoot out, cow-patty bingo, jail-a-friend and street dance. Volunteers, vendors and sponsors are also needed. For information or to register, call Rhome City Hall at (817) 638-2758 or Deborah Becraft at (817) 636-2826.
FALL FESTIVAL – Stagecoach Rehabilitation will host a fall festival 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at 2108 15th St. in Bridgeport. There will be a bounce house, super-size slide, obstacle course, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, carnival games and prizes. For information, call (940) 683-8500.
MAMMOGRAPHY SCREENING – The Moncrief Cancer Institute is funding a mammography screening Saturday, Sept. 22, at Weatherford College Wise County. Participants must be preregistered and can do so by calling 1-800-405-7739. These grant-funded mammograms are available to women without insurance who meet eligibility guidelines.
HOMECOMING PARADE – Chico homecoming parade is 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, around the downtown square. The theme is Chico Goes Wild: A Homecoming Carnival, and floats are encouraged to be decorated with anything related to carnivals, circuses, animals, clowns, ringmasters and games. Dirt bikes and four-wheelers are not allowed. School will dismiss at noon that day. To enter, contact J.D. Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Chico City Hall at (940) 644-2435.
HOMECOMING DINNER – A community homecoming barbecue dinner is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in the Chico Middle School commons area, on FM 1810 next to the football stadium. There will also be a cake auction. All proceeds benefit the Chico Ex-Student Association Scholarship Fund.
TRAP SHOOT – Wise County Cowboy Church will host a trap shoot 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at 2070 Old Denton Road in Decatur.
VENDORS NEEDED – The Paradise Historical Society is accepting applications for vendors at the Paradise Main Street Festival Saturday, Sept. 29, in downtown Paradise. Food vendors, hand-crafted items, non-profit organizations, local business, leather crafters, jewelry productions, etc. are invited. Call Gay Read at (940) 969-3680 or download a vendor form at www.paradisehistoricalsociety.com.
PARADISE HAS TALENT – The Paradise Historical Society is looking for talented amateurs to compete in the first Paradise Has Talent Competition at the Main Street Festival Saturday, Sept. 29. The contest is limited to 15 entries, and prizes of $150, $100 and $50 will be presented to the top three acts. Entry forms and guidelines can be found at paradisehistoricalsociety.com. Call Karen Bohmfalk at (940) 969-2131.
BARBECUE AND MUSIC – The Greater Runaway Bay Alliance invites the public to a barbecue and entertainment by Jeff Gregg 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Cricket Ridge Park (by the Civic Center). Cost is $10 for adults, $8 for children 4 to 12 years and free for children under 4. RSVP by Monday, Sept. 24, to Jackie Ishmael at (940) 575-4592.
BIKING FOR BREAST CANCER – The third annual Biking for Breast Cancer fun run and benefit concert is Saturday, Sept. 29. Registration is 10 a.m. at Decatur Power Sports with live music following at Bono’s Saloon featuring Jeremy Martin Band, Brandon Gentry, Jamie Richards, Hollow Point, Dusty Baker, Fezzent, Terry Razor, Colt West and Brandon Jenkins. Cost is $25 per bike entry (includes entrance to concerts), $5 for extra poker hand and draw cards and $10 for concert admission for public. There will be cash prizes and a silent auction. For more information, call (940) 627-8804.
CEMETERY MEETING – The Wilson Prairie Cemetery meeting is 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at the cemetery.
COAL MINERS – Bridgeport Coal Miners Heritage Festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, on Halsell Street. Events include a chili cookoff, 5K run, historical demonstrations, museum tours, hot dog eating contest, cooking contest, pageant, motorcycle show/poker run, college football watch area, live entertainment, a photography contest, pet parade, kids’ activities and vendors. Applications and additional information may be found at www.bridgeportchamber.org or by calling (940) 683-2076.
GOLF TOURNEY - Bridgeport Project Graduation is having a golf tournament Saturday, Oct. 6, at Runaway Bay Country Club to benefit the Class of 2013. For team or sponsorship information or to volunteer, call Alice Coffman at (940) 389-7203.
MANGA ART CONTEST – The Decatur Public Library is holding a Manga Art Contest, with entries being accepted through Friday, Oct. 12. Artists must be 13 or older; categories are original and fan art; and no entries containing nudity or excessive violence will be accepted. All entries must include the artist’s name, phone number and category. A grand prize winner will be announced at the monthly Otaku Club meeting on Oct. 16, at 4 p.m. Call the library at (940) 393-0290 for more information.
MELODRAMA POSTPONED – The Wise County Historical Society has postponed its rendition of the melodrama “The Shagwood Secret” until Saturday, Oct. 13, due to not being able to obtain two male actors. If interested in the roles, call Lou Ramos at (817) 638-2022 or the Wise County Heritage Museum at (940) 627-5586.